Kirstjen Nielsen Out As DHS Secretary

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen expected to resign report

Kirstjen Nielsen, secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, has resigned from her role in the Trump administration, the president announced Sunday.

Trump said "Kevin McAleenan, the current U. S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner, will become Acting Secretary" of DHS.

Two people familiar with the matter said Nielsen went to the White House to speak with Trump on Sunday following their trip to the border.

Nielsen was a close ally and confidante of Kelly, who left the administration at the end of 2018, marking a dramatic shift in the power dynamics of the West Wing, and there was continuing tension between Trump and Kelly over how the president treated her.

Nielsen, 46, has held the position since December 2017.

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Her department was responsible for implementing the proposed border wall and the separation of migrant families, and she became the face of the controversial moves. "We need to treat it as such", Nielsen told Chris Cuomo on CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time" Thursday. The Wall Street Journal reported in November that Trump had made a decision to replace Ms Nielsen.

President Donald Trump tweeted the news shortly after 6 p.m.

It has been rumored that Vitiello's nomination was pulled because he was not endorsed by ICE union leader Chris Crane. McAleenan said late last month that the U.S. was on pace to encounter more than 100,000 migrants in March alone, making it "the highest month since 2008". Ron's a good man but we're going in a tougher direction.

No one in the Department of Homeland Security, though, had been notified about the intention to remove Vitiello, a sure lock for the position who has been acting head of the agency since June.

The Washington Post's Robert Costa tweeted that Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli were the frontrunners to the permanent nomination.

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